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I know a few photographers with the ability to take images of “nothing”, and make the images look smashing! I´m really impressed, and I love to study how they use angles, crops, moods and composition to make something uninteresting become very interesting. I´t doesn’t matter what genre of photography you´re in, what makes one image more striking than another?
Is it the scenery? We can identify us with a beautiful sunset, or a landscape. Those kinds of images are pleasing to the eye, of course we like them. However, the internet is flooded with images like this! Is i possible to see beauty in a cup of coffee standing on a table? Or maybe a corner of laptopkeyboard and a hard drive?
I think why not? Those are things we see every day, and so is landscapes and sunsets. Is it the feeling of actually “be in the picture” that makes landscapes and sunsets more interesting. I´m searching for something deeper, trying to understand the meaning of what I am doing. Why do I find a detail shot of a USB stick interesting, or a cup of coffee?
Is it because my hunger of analyzing? I see the mug of coffee and I think -how many humans, steps and processes made it possible for me to enjoy this mug of dark bitter liquid? The mug itself is probably made in some pottery or porcelain factory, gone through many steps before it came out of the oven as the final product. The coffee is made in India, Indian farmers have been looking after the coffee plant to make sure that the coffee beans will turn out tasteful and high quality. The beans are harvested, dried, burned, packed and exported -they are distributed, and then ends up in the store where I can buy them. Next is preparing the the coffee, I wonder how many people were involved in design and production of my high quality coffeemaker? The list goes on….
With this in mind, I really find the mug of coffee interesting and beautiful…….
And…. it’s raining……..
It’s that time of the year again. Colder, more rain, leaves changing color from green to yellow. Days are getting shorter, in other words the summer is over. We have been lucky the last couple of years, not to much snow here at the coastline. To be honest, I don’t like snow! Yes, I know i’ts beautiful, everything gets white and clean -like a white carpet covering the landscape. But, it brings with it a lot of work to!
The autumn is much better. The air is “sharp” clean and bright. Colours are great, and it’s a joy being a photographer. I have been pretty depressed lately, and today Tone (my wife) dragged me out of the house to get some fresh air, and I’m happy she did. Photography is the best therapy, at least for me. I also went nostalgic, using one of my old Fuji X-Pro1’s.
Demolition will start in a couple of days, and I was lucky being able to photograph this abandoned welding workshop before it’s gone forever. The buildings have been empty for some years, all the windows been smashed, it’s graffiti all over the place, both outside and inside. At the moment it’s a great place for taking pictures.
After demolition, the owners will build luxury apartments. Take a look here. (Article in Norwegian)
Recently I had a wedding assignment, and the couple also wanted all the preperation documented. They also wanted to have special customized wedding rings, so they hired a goldsmith. I had an interesting shoot documenting the whole process.
I just got back from a three day trip to Paris. My wife and I had some wonderful days in the Romantic city. My goal was to practice my street photography skills, and man…. Paris is a street photographers dream. Most of my images are in colour, I like colours! I see the world in colours, and I would like to share what I see with my readers.
I am in Kristiansand doing a gig for the ferry company Color Line, the ferry travels between Kristiansand in Norway and Hirtshals in Denmark. I have daytime off, and I can use some hours of hunting the streets of Kristiansand. Today i was a beautiful weather, but cold.
Today I was testing out zone focusing. What a bless! It´s fun testing out new techniques. Today I also tried to get a bit closer to the subjects. I´m still working on that, but it´s getting better every day. Until next time, have a great day
To get some new inspiration, I joined a workshop in Oslo, “Streets Of Oslo” with Trond Lindholm. New creative inspiration came slowly creeping while Trond talked with great enthusiasm about his work as a street photographer.
All participants were given challenges which should be solved, “Good morning Oslo” and “Faceless”. The images were displayed in plenary towards the end of the workshop, and participants had solved the challenges in many exciting ways. All in all a great and inspirational day.
Here are some of the pictures I took during the day.
Another rainy day this autumn. I decided to go to Drammen trying to shoot som street images.